This week we have been making our own wormeries
A Wormery is a simple, clean and efficient way of turning ordinary organic kitchen waste into nutrient rich liquid plant feed and excellent organic compost. Essentially through the action of a colony of composting worms the waste is neutralised and 'speedily' processed into compost, The children have really enjoyed studying worms this week and finding out how useful they are. We will be observing what is happening in out wormeries over the next couple of weeks and recording our findings in our science books.
Discoverers are very excited about their new topic - The Titanic and have been busy finding out lots of facts about the infamous ship. We will become history detectives and try to find out who really was responsible for sinking the unsinkable ship.
Chinese Celebration Day
To mark the end of our topic on Ancient China and Dragons, Discoverers class invited their parents into class for the afternoon to share with them some of the things they have been doing over the last half term. We had an amazing time and would also live to thank all the parents, grandparents and carers who came in to celebrate with us.
We sang 2 of the song that we have been learning with Mrs Purser in music - 'The Dragon Song' and 'Puff the Magic Dradon'
The children all took part in a chopstick challenge. I was very impressed with how well they all did.
In Discoverers class we have been reading the book 'The Snow Dragon' by Vivian French. Following on from this book about a world divided into two - the North and the South. The southern half is ruled by evil Fire Dragons and the north is controlled by peace-loving Snow Dragons. In between the two halves live the Twolegs people. A special book known simply as 'Book' contains a set of instructions on how the world works. The Fire Dragons get hold of Book and cause 'The Happening', which destroys the land and forces the Twolegs to live underground to protect themselves from the Fire Dragons. However, a little Twoleg boy called Tuft joins forces with a Snow Dragon to save the world from the Fire Dragons by entering their volcano. This book then inspired us to create our own volcanoes. In groups the children designed their volcano which had to be made out of natural materials. They then made a bases for their volcanoes out of salt dough.
The Volcanoes Erupted
We added the vinegar, baking soda and red food colouring to the bottle that was inside our volcanoes. We then waited to see what would happen. We were very excited to see that our volcanoes erupted!! We then found out that this was caused by a chemical reaction between the vinegar and the baking soda. When they mix together they create a gas called carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the same type of gas used to make fizzy drinks fizzy, We then considered and discussed this question - What happens if you shake a fizzy drink? The gas gets very excited and tries to spread out. There is not enough room in the bottle for the gas to spread out so it leaves the opening very quickly causing an eruption!
Today we have be learning all about the Terracotta Army, the buried army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. We then made our own Terracotta warriors out of clay adding individual details to them just like the ancient sculptures. The children's creations are amazing and almost as impressive as the real thing!
Our science lesson this week was intercepted by an alien from Dock 5 called Zinnia. She wants to set up a hotel on her planet for humans to go and visit their planet. She has heard that a lot of human foods come from plants and would like us to investigate what plants need in order to grow strong and healthy and she would also like us to find out about the different parts of a plant that we eat.We have set up an investigation to see how important certain factors are for growing a healthy plant. Each group is looking at a different factor. They are investigating light, water, air, space, warmth and soil and how if they change the amount of this factor the plant gets will it effect the plants growth. This will help Zinnia to see if they have the correct requirements to grow plants on Dock 5.
Welcome back Discoverers Class
We have lots of fun things planned this term. Our topic is 'Here be Dragons'. We will become expert Dragonologists and also learn about Ancient China. Watch this Space.....
Owl Pellet Investigation
We looked around our local area to see if we could find any evidence of nocturnal animals. We found out that there must be an owl living at our church - St John's Thornham. There was lots of evidence of owl pellets on the steps. Mrs Powell kindly brought us some samples into class so that we could see what was inside an owl pellet. After researching owls we had found out that owls don't have any teeth so they swallow their food whole! Therefore they can't digest the bones,teeth and fur of their prey. These “extra” parts are formed into a tight PELLET inside the owl and are then are later SPIT UP by the owl.
Inside the owl pellets that we looked at we found tiny teeth,bones and fur. The children were amazed to discover this.
While the World is Sleeping
On Tuesday night as part of our new night time topic Discoverers came back to school at night wearing their pyjamas. We all brought a teddy, a torch and a mug to help us with the activities that Mrs Howarth had planned. We learnt all about nocturnal animals. First we played a game where we had to guess the nocturnal animal sounds. Then we went on a scavenger hunt looking for nocturnal animal facts with only our torches to light the way. When the children entered the hall they couldn't believe their eyes! There was a hug inflatable planetarium waiting for them. We all went inside to learn more about night time before snuggling up with a hot chocolate and biscuits whilst they listened to a bedtime story - "While the World is Sleeping". We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed seeing what school was like in the evening.
What we have found out about Christmas in Spain
In Discoverers Class we have learnt all about Christmas in Spain – ‘Navidad En Espagne’. We found out that in Spain as well as Christmas day, there is another festival that is celebrated that is about the Christmas Story. It is called Epiphany and is celebrated on 6th January. In Spanish, Epiphany is called Los Reyes de Magos': in English this means 'The festival of the three Kings’. Epiphany celebrates when the Kings or Wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus. Children receive some presents on Christmas Day from Father Christmas, but most are received at Epiphany, when the Kings bring presents.
"Roscon de Reyes" is a traditional dessert, served the night before or morning of “Los Reyes” It is traditional to put several surprises inside the "roscon." In class we made our own Roscon and ate it in the traditional way dipped in a thick hot chocolate. It was delicious!
We also found out about another Spanish tradition. 'Tio Navidad'. In a region of Spain called Catalunya the children are given a decorated log with a blanket. They receive the log on the 8th December then have to look after it like a pet until Christmas Eve.
We designed and made our own Tio Navidad. On Christmas Eve the children tap the log in the hope that their tio Navidad will deliver them sweets under its blanket. I wonder if ours will work?
Rochdale Fire Museum
Discoverers class had a great time at Rochdale Fire museum thanks to Bob and his team of volunteers. We took part in a Great Fire of London workshop to start with then had a tour of the museum. The children were able to see historic fire engines and learn about fire fighting in Manchester throughout history. They had a very hands on experience, being able to hand pump some of the old fire engines, try helmets and fire fighting equipment on and some even got to try to slide down a replica fire pole.
Discoverers Class Assembly
The children performed their story of the Great Fire of London through drama and song. They were fantastic and I hope you all enjoyed the performance especially the bacon/sausage sandwiches afterwards!
Our Amazing Tudor Houses!
On Monday we had a great DT day making Tudor houses. The children used the TASC wheel to design, make and evaluate their model. There was glue, cello-tape, paper, boxes and straw everywhere but our finished products were fantastic! They are now ready for us to make our very own Pudding Lane. Will ours set on fire? Watch this space...
A Fantastic introduction to our new topic - The Great Fire of London
We had a special visit from Katherine, a maid from 1666, She brought our topic alive by bringing in artefacts that the children could touch and study from this period. The children became archaeological detectives finding out what the things were used for in everyday life. They were able to handle investigate and draw the artefacts and even got to write with a real quill and ink.
Our Trip To Blackpool Zoo
It was fantastic to meet our adopted tiger Alyona at last! Her stripes were no longer green and she was relaxing in the sun in her enclosure. We gave the zookeeper our healthy eating plates and she was going to give them to Alyona to show her at feeding time. Our name will go on the adoption plaque and the zoo will keep us updated of her progress. We also get an educational visit from the zookeepers at school which we will do in the Spring Term. Thank you to all the children and parents who donated money to our adoption fund. Perhaps you will go to the zoo to visit her and see our plaque too.
Lunch at the Zoo
We enjoyed our lunch at the zoo whilst watching the seal ion show. They performed lots of tricks and entertained us whilst we ate. We did have a few unwelcome visitors though. The seagulls were extremely tempted by our sandwiches and tried to pinch them which was very funny. We had to get Mrs Hill to be on seagull patrol!
Adopt the tiger fund raising day.
Thank you to all parents who came to join us for our forest school activities today followed by the tasting of our delicious homemade tomato soup. The children had a great afternoon and enjoyed having lots of parents joining them. We raised £100.00 towards adopting Alyona our tiger.
As part of our healthy eating topic this term we are taking part in 'Fruity Fridays'. This involves the children tasting different fruits each Friday. This week we tasted pineapple and used our senses to describe what it tasted like, smelt like, felt like and looked like. We also looked at where in the world pineapples come from. Discoverers are looking forward to trying lots more exotic fruits over the coming weeks. I wonder which ones will be their favorites?
A warm welcome to all Discoverers
Mrs Howarth, Mrs Williams and Mrs Witts hope that you have all had a great summer. It has been lovely to see all of your smiley faces in the last couple of days full of excitement for the year ahead. We can’t believe how much some of you have grown over the holidays. We are all looking forward to the fun things we have planned for this year and seeing your minds grow too!
Our first topic this half term will be based on the book ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. We will be looking at healthy eating, how to stay healthy and where our food comes from. We will be studying an Italian artist called Giuseppe Arcimboldo who is best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of fruits and vegetables. I hope we can create some amazing ones ourselves!! We will be tantalising our taste buds by trying some exotic fruits on ‘Fruity Fridays’ and we are going to adopt our very own tiger at the zoo then pay him a visit later on in the term.
So get ready for an action packed half term full of exciting activities and remember always try your best and never give up . If you do this you will get off to a 'Roaring' start in Discoverers Class.
CHOCOLATIER VISIT FOR DISCOVERERS
As part of their ‘From Bean to Bar’ topic Discoverers had a visit from a real Chocolatier. Oliver came into school to talk to the children about how chocolate starts as a bean and the process it goes through to end up as tasty chocolate. The children learnt lots of new language reated to the process including- tempering, winowing, nibs harvesting and fermenting. The children had fun turning the melted chocolate into different shaped chocolates adding detail by piping different coloured melted chococolate through a piping bag. They took their chocolate home to enjoy!
Discoverers Class had a lovely time on their visit to Hopwood Woods on Wednesday. They enjoyed cooking sausages for lunch and marshmallows as a treat. They learnt how to pitch tents and set up a base camp.
They took part in a Treasure Hunt and made some shelters with natural materials. They all had a wonderful time!